CRANSTON, R.I. – Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers has named Joel Bohy its director of Historic Arms & Militaria, a newly formed department within the company as Bruneau & Co. expands its reach into new areas.
Previously, Bohy served in a similar capacity for seven years at Skinner Inc. in Boston. He is an appraiser of arms and militaria on PBS’s popular Antiques Roadshow. He’s also an active member of the American Society of Arms Collectors and an instructor for Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist.
“I am looking forward to bringing on my friend and colleague Joel Bohy as a new team member, adding depth to our specialties with a historic arms and militaria department,” said Bruneau & Co. president Kevin Bruneau. “It will be interesting to watch the department grow and be there firsthand to learn from the best.”
Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. auctioneer and the firm’s director of Pop Culture, added, “Bringing historic arms and militaria to Bruneau & Co. is the most exciting endeavor we have had in some time. It is going to be a great learning experience and an exciting new division for the business. I couldn’t be happier to be working with Joel every day.”
Bohy has had a lifelong interest in antique weaponry and militaria. “Growing up in Concord, Massachusetts, I was aware at a very early age of the town’s importance in the American Revolution and the battle that was fought there and the weapons that were used. I became a serious collector of antique militaria, but I since have stopped collecting.”
His passion for militaria never left Bohy, however. He is keenly interested in musket ballistics and has done important battlefield archaeology work. His vast body of knowledge has led him to write and lecture for the Society for Historical Archaeology, the Fields of Conflict archaeology conference, the Colonial Williamsburg “Weapons of War” conference, the Concord Museum and Minuteman National Historical Park.
Now, Bohy is looking forward to settling into his new position at Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. “I am excited to be starting the Historic Arms & Militaria Department with Bruneau & Co.,” he said. “Kevin and Travis share the same passion for their material as I do for mine, and I really look forward to working with them.”